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TVRA 105  Introduction to Broadcasting

Course Description: The organization, scope, development, and practices of American broadcasting. Three hours each week. 3.00 Credit hours

3.00 Bill Hours. Schedule Types: Lecture. Course Attributes: General Elective.

This is a Web-supported course. Class handouts, additional reading and all written assignments are available and will be submitted on Schoology.

Course Objective: This class offers an overview of telecommunications in the United States from the late 19th Century to the present and helps develop tools to assess, criticize and reach conclusion about the impact of telecommunications and its content on our social values and the information we have available as citizens to understand the world around us.

Course Outcomes: upon completion of the course the student will be able to: describe significant telecommunications developments from their beginnings to the present, explain the regulatory situation in which the telecommunications industry operates, describe funding sources, explain audience measurement and the impact of telecommunications on our society.

Lectures include extensive use of original radio and television archives, relevant movies and television programs, plus the instructors own documentaries including Freedom Summer, The Hollywood Blacklist, The Great Crusade (invasion of Europe in Normandy, France, 1944, and other historical programs.


TVRA 120 – Television Production, 4 credits.  Assessment levels: Two hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory each week. Web supported on Schoology.  All assessments, assignments and lecture notes will appear only on Schoology. 

 Course Description: Introduction to television production facilities and techniques.  Principles of picture composition, camera movement, lighting, and audio and control room operation are demonstrated and experience in actual studio productions.  The student will participate in laboratory exercises and be able to demonstrate proficiency in these exercises.  The student will produce programs using available studio resources and under the direction of specific formats.

 Objective:  To learn the theory and operation of television production facilities and production techniques that are utilized in today’s production community.

Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: Construct and trouble-shoot a variety of professional audio recording situations in television production. Construct graphics and text and import images for use in a television production with a graphics generating computer program. Demonstrate basic studio engineering/production tasks such a white balancing cameras, riding video gain, recording studio productions and rolling VTR and digital inserts.  Demonstrate how a television camera operates, including technical setup, artistic shot framing, and smooth camera movement.  Demonstrate the duties of a floor director as the interface between the control room and the studio crew and talent.  Demonstrate use of professional studio teleprompter software and hardware during television productions.  Describe the professional standards and techniques used in today’s video production community.  Describe the theory and operation of a television production facility.  Perform as an Assistant Director by taking charge of show timings and helping the directing staff.  Recognize the basic theory of television lighting and professionally light several different television scenes.

TVRA 230 Advanced Television Production

Course Description

Continued development of studio production skills, procedures, and techniques through practical applications of various television programming formats. The student, participating in various production activities, will demonstrate the ability to function effectively as a television producer and as a production crew member in an intense professional setting. (R only) PREREQUISITES: A grade of C or better in TR 101, TR 130, and TR 131. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory each week.

Course Objectives:

Students enrolled in TR240 will develop the skills needed by professionals in the field of TV Production, specifically the Producer or Associate Producer. They will increase their knowledge of the television equipment provided by Montgomery College and learn to transfer those skills to the equipment used in today’s work environment.


Course Outcome: TR240 students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of crew functions and interdependencies. Students in this class are expected to act professionally. You will learn the value of cooperation, punctuality and respect for other members of the crew, as well as MC equipment and facilities standards.

Each member of this class will demonstrate their organizational skills by providing documentation to go along with a video production in the form of a Producer’s Final Paperwork. These records are used in our profession to keep productions organized, to evaluate the effectiveness of the production, and also as reference for further projects.

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